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Joseph L. Hood

SOURCE: Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, Austin, TX: Book Exchange, 1941. Sesquicentennial Re-print Edition, San Augustine, TX: S. Malone Printer, Sons of the Republic of Texas, 1986, p. 106

Joseph L. Hood, was born in North Carolina in 1803. At the regular town meeting at Nacogdoches, Texas, in December 1829, he presented himself and expressed a desire to settle there. At that time he described himself as Catholic, unmarried, and a school teacher. On December 12, 1834, he received his title from the Mexican Government to a league of land in Robertsonís Colony, in the present Bell County. The next year, in 1835, Hood, represented the Municipality of Viesca (later Milam County). at the Consultation and on the General Council, which latter body elected him first judge of Viesca. It also appointed him one of the public agents to receive money in the hands of the officials due the Mexican Government, and to use it for the people of Texas. At some time before 1836, he and Eliel Melton were business associates in Nacogdoches. Melton later dying with Travis in the Alamo. Judge Hood himself probably went to San Antonio at about the time of the Revolution, records showing that he was elected Sheriff of Bexar County on February 4, 1839. Within the next year he died, still in office, his successorís election date being April 18, 1840. - See Crocket, Two Centuries in East Texas, 1711-2; Binkley, Official Correspondence of the Texan Revolution, I, 40, 108; Nacogdoches Archives; Nacogdoches County Papers, Texas State Archives; Public Debt Papers, T. S. A.,: Election Register, 1834-42; General Land Office Records; Journal of the Consultation of 1835.

We must say a special thank you to Vanessa Deshazer of Menifee, CA, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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